Extended Length Tennis Rackets

Extended Length Tennis Rackets are any racket that is longer than the standard 27 inches and are often used by recreational players looking for more power and reach on their two handed backhands.

The most common extended racket lengths used are 27.25in, 27.5in, and 28in with the longest racket length allowed under current regulations being 29in.

In this article, I will look at the pros and cons of using an extended-length racket as well as looking at some of the options you have when looking to buy an extended tennis racket.

Extended Length Tennis Rackets

Pros of Extended Length Tennis Rackets

There are a number of different pros to using tennis rackets with an extended racket length with the main pro being the extra reach when you are pulled out wide on either side.

This is especially helpful if you play with a two handed backhand as you won’t have the same reach as a player who plays with a one handed backhand.

The extra length also helps you to get more power on your serve as you will be meeting the ball at a higher height and you will have more mass behind the ball.

Another advantage is that the extra reach you have will it harder for you to be passed at the net.

Below is a summary of the main advantages of playing with a tennis racket that is longer than the standard 27 inches.

  • Extra reach at the net, on groundstrokes, and on your serve
  • More power on your overhead, serve, and groundstrokes
  • Greater stability on your volleys and when returning heavy topspin balls

Cons of Extended Length Tennis Rackets

The main disadvantage to using a tennis racket with an extended length is that it will be less maneuverable than a standard length racket.

It also takes a long time to get used to playing with an extended tennis racket (especially if you have only ever played with a standard-length tennis racket).

They can be tiring to play with as often extended tennis rackets have a heavier swing weight than a similar standard length tennis racket.

  • Less maneuverable than a standard length tennis racket
  • Takes time to master
  • A heavier swing weight, which can lead to player fatigue

3 Best Extended Length Tennis Rackets

1. Babolat Pure Drive Plus

The Babolat Pure Drive Plus is probably the most popular extended-length racket amongst recreational players as it offers a good mix of power, control, and spin.

Racket Specs:Babolat Pure Drive Plus
Version:2021
Racket:Babolat Pure Drive
Head Size:100in
Racket Length:27.5in
Strung Weight:318g (11.2oz)
Swing Weight:324g
Head Heavy or Head Light:6 Pts Head Light
TW Stiffness Rating:69
Power:Low to Medium
Beam Width:23mm / 26mm / 23mm
Composition:Graphite
Racket Colors:Blue and Black
String Pattern:16×19
Grip Type:Babolat Syntec Pro

2. Wilson Blade 104

The Wilson Blade 104 is endorsed by Venus Williams and was previously endorsed by her sister Serena Williams before she switched to playing with the Wilson Blade SW 102 Autograph.

Racket Specs:Wilson Blade 104
Version:V8
Racket:Wilson Blade 100
Head Size:104in
Racket Length:27.5in
Strung Weight:306g (10.8oz)
Swing Weight:317g
Head Heavy or Head Light:6 Pts Head Light
TW Stiffness Rating:60
Power:Low to Medium
Beam Width:22.5 mm
Composition:Graphite
Racket Colors:Green
String Pattern:16×19
Grip Type:Wilson Pro Performance

3. Yonex EZONE 100+

The Yonex EZONE 100+ is the extended version of the popular Ezone 100 tennis racket and offers similar playability and specs.

Racket Specs:Yonex EZONE 100+
Version:2020
Racket:Yonex EZONE 100+
Head Size:100in
Racket Length:27in
Strung Weight:315g (11.1oz)
Swing Weight:335g
Head Heavy or Head Light:3 Pts Head Light
TW Stiffness Rating:70
Power:Low to Medium
Beam Width:23.5mm / 26mm / 22mm
Composition:HM Graphite
Racket Colors:Blue
String Pattern:16×19
Grip Type:Yonex Synthetic Grip

Tennis Pros using Extended Length Tennis Rackets

Below is a selection of tennis pros who are currently playing with an extended tennis racket on the ATP and WTA Tours.

  • Diego Schwartzman – (28.0in)
  • Elina Svitolina – (27.5in)
  • Kei Nishikori – (27.7in)
  • Serena Williams – (28.0in)
  • Venus Williams – (27.5in)